Friday, March 29, 2013

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

"He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned--every one--to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all."  Isaiah 53:3-6 ESV

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come into the light, lest his works should be exposed.  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God." John 3:16-21 ESV

"It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun's light failed.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, "Father into your hands I commit my spirit!"  And having said this he breathed his last.  Now when the centurian saw what had taken place he praised God, saying, "Certainly this man was innocent!"  And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts.  And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things." 
Luke 23:44-49 ESV

"Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.  And behold there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.  And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.  But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.  Come, see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.  See, I have told you."  So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.  And behold, Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!"  And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.  Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me."
While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place.  And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, "Tell people, His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.  And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."  So they took the money and did as they were directed.  And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  And when they saw him the worshiped him, but some doubted.  And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."  Matthew 28 ESV

Let's pray:  Dear Lord Jesus,  Thank You Jesus for dying for our sins on the cross.  Thank You Jesus for Your free gift of salvation to all.  I pray that those who are unsaved will come to believe in You and accept Your gift of salvation. Thank You that no one can snatch us out of Your hand.  We praise and worship You Lord Jesus.  I am praying for all those who are lost and don't believe in You.  I lift them up and I pray Lord Jesus that they will sincerely ask You to come into their hearts and ask You to be Lord and Savior of their life--I pray they will ask You for forgiveness of their sins.  I pray that those who believe they do not have sin will be shown that they do sin and need forgiveness.  I pray that the blanket will be removed form their eyes and that those unsaved will see who Jesus really is and believe and be saved. I say these things in Jesus' Holy name. Amen.

I hope you all have a very happy and blessed Easter!  He is risen!  He is risen indeed!

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